Best wifi adapters for wifi hacking

WiFi adapters

To be able to Hack WiFi, you need a WiFi adapter that is able to support monitor mode as well as packet injection. Everyone seems to get confused when they are talking about the best USB WiFi adapters for WiFi hacking. So I will tell you exactly what’s important when making your choice of buying one.

What to Look for in a Wireless Adapter

The main important factor to look is the Wireless chipset used inside the adapter. It is the brain or you can call it as the mind of USB WiFi adapter Which does all the calculations for it. Therefore, the chipset determines the support for monitor mode and packet injection, etc.

Next thing to consider is the operating system you are using for penetration testing. Because, some of the adapters supports the Kali Linux and some not.

List of best usb wifi adapters

Some chipsets which supports monitor mode

  • Atheros AR9271
  • Realtek RTL8812AU
  • Realtek RTL8814AU
  • Realtek 8187L
  • Ralink RT5370N
  • Ralink RT3572
  • Ralink RT5572
  • Ralink RT5372
  • Ralink RT3070
  • Ralink RT307
  • MediaTek MT7610U
  • MediaTek MT7612U

WiFi adapters using these chipsets can be used for wifi hacking.

WiFi adapters for hacking

Here is a list of some of the best WiFi Adapters that you can choose in 2021 and perform everything that is needed for a full-fledged WiFi Penetration Testing.

Wifi adapters chipsets Details
Alfa AWUS036NH

Alfa AWUS036NH wifi adapter

Alfa AWUS036NH wifi adapter
  • Compatible with Windows, Ubuntu, Kali Linux, Debian
  • Frequency – 2.4 GHz
  • No support for 5GHz
  • Supports WEP, WPA, WPA2, TKIP, AES
  • Ships with 5DBi, 7dbi Omni direction and panel antennas

Alfa AWUS036NHA wifi adapter

  • Compatible with Windows, Ubuntu, Kali Linux
  • Frequency – 2.4GHz
  • Data transfer rate – 150 Mbps
  • Supports 64/128-bit wep, wpa, wpa2, tkip, aes
  • High transmitter power of 28 dbm – for long-rang and high gain Wi-Fi

Alfa AWUS036NEH wifi adapter

  • Compatible with Kali Linux/ParrotOS on RPi
  • Compact and portable
  • adapter is slim, no cable needed
  • Best for outdoor redteaming
Alfa AWUS036ACH / AC1200

Alfa AC1200 wifi adapter

Alfa AC1200
  • Dual-band: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
  • Supports both monitor mode & packet injection on dual band
  • Premium quality with high price tag
  • speed 300Mbps on 2.4GHz and 867mbps on 5GHz
Alfa AWUS1900 / AC1900

Alfa AC1900 wifi adapter

Alfa AC1900
  • Premium quality with high price tag
  • Dual-band: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
  • Data transfer rate – 1900 Mbps
  • Supports both monitor mode & packet injection on dual band
  • Very long range
Panda PAU06

Panda PAU06 wifi adapter

Panda PAU06
  • only supports 2.4GHz
  • supports 300MB per second maximum speed
  • takes less power from computer
Panda PAU09N600

Panda PAU09N600 wifi adapter

Panda PAU09N600
  • Compatible with Kali Linux/ParrotOS even in RPi
  • 2 x 5dBi antenna
  • Little bit of heating issue
  • adapter is reliable even on USB 3


Hope I was able to take some of the confusion out for you on choosing the wifi adapters for hacking. If you have any doubts comment below.

Got your wifi adapter. Now let’s start hacking… wifi hacking


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